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"Alien: Ore" (2019) Q & A Project: Interview Compendium!

This post catalogs the entirety of my interviews with the cast and crew for "Alien: Ore" and includes any salient links. :)



Foreword

Since the release of Scott's Alien: Covenant (2017), details on a new Alien project have been limited. Recently, however, there’s been something of an Alien renaissance: a now-famous high school play, and six Alien shorts produced by Tongal in conjunction with Fox. While all of them are enjoyable, and nicely varied in terms of technique and style, “Alien: Ore” (2019) is the best of the lot. Well-rounded and technically superb, it captures Alien (1979) from every angle; the acting, writing, editing, photography and special effects are all top-shelf.

The purpose of this ongoing series is to cover "Alien: Ore" from every possible angle, interviewing the cast and crew...

"Alien: Ore" Q&A Compendium

The Actors

Mikela Jay interview: Mikela is the starring actress of "Alien: Ore," playing Lorraine. She talks about her past experience, Lorraine as a character, getting the role, being on set, the ending and her closing thoughts.

Tara Pratt, part 1: Tara tells us her history as an actress, and talks about being a fan of, and growing up with, the Alien franchise. We also discuss Hanks status as a "reluctant villain," and breaking old ground in new ways with "Alien: Ore."

Tara Pratt, part 2: Tara goes further in-depth on bringing the character Hanks to life—how Hanks feels about dogs, if she can feel emotions, and why androids why her are so fascinating in horror and science fiction.

Tara Pratt, part 3: Tara relays her experiences on set, discusses the ending and talks sequel potential.

Steven Stiller, part 1: Steven, who played Kolton Brown, in the movie, talks about his experience as an actor and director. He also talks about Kolton as a character, and how he got hired for the role.

Steven Stiller, part 2: I ask Steven most about getting the role, being on set, the ending and his closing thoughts.

Ambrose Gardener, part 1: Ambrose introduces himself. He talks acting and the Alien franchise; he also talks about Clark Witchell, and getting the role.

Ambrose Gardener, part 2: [coming soon].

The Directors

These interviews are with Kailey and Sam Spear, the directors of "Alien: Ore":



Meet the Directors: This portion introduces the directors, Kailey and Sam.

Making "Alien: Ore," part one: This portion covers entering the contest, pre-production, and production.

Making "Alien: Ore," part two: This portion covers production, post-production, and Kailey and Sam Spear's final thoughts (and possible sequel ideas).

On Shakespeare: I ask Kailey and Sam their favorite lines by the Bard; I cover their plans for a future, movie adaptation of Hamlet (with a female version of the character, not simply an actress): I ask them how Shakespeare (and other playwrights) influenced Kailey and Sam when making "Alien: Ore."


The Special Effects Crew

This interview is Dallas Harvey, founder of Vancouver FX, the company that handled the practical effects seen in "Alien: Ore":



Vancouver FX, part one: I introduce Dallas Harvey and Vancouver FX. We discuss his favorite monsters, movies and special effects; and the current state of special effects in the movie industry.

Vancouver FX, part two: Dallas talks more about current special effects; he also tells me about getting the role for "Alien: Ore," its effects, being on set, the ending to the movie and his closing thoughts.


The Composers 

These interviews are with Rose Hastreiter and Gerry Plant, the composers from Leonty Music Group, which wrote and performed the film's original score:


Leonty Music, part one: This portion introduces Rose, Gerry and their company. They explain their composition process and their inspirations.

Leonty Music, part two:  Rose and Gerry talk being hired and their work process with Kailey and Sam Spear. They also discuss their work schedule while preparing the score, and actually mixing the final product.

Leonty Music, part three:  I ask Rose and Gerry more about recording and its end result. Kailey and Sam return to give their thoughts about Leonty Music's excellent work!


Other Articles/Links

My lengthy YouTube analysis on "Alien: Ore."

A summary of said analysis, and write-up on the Spear sisters as an emerging Gothic talent.

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Many thanks to Fox for allowing these interviews; to the interview subjects; and to Kailey and Sam for being so friendly, enthusiastic and helpful

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